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About the Book:
Every effort was made to erase any evidence that William Blakely played professional baseball, and with good reason. Blockade Billy had a secret darker than any pill or injection that might cause a scandal in sports today. His secret was much, much worse... and only Stephen King, the most gifted storyteller of our age, can reveal the truth to the world, once and for all.
This original, never-before-published novella represents Stephen King at his very best, and this Cemetery Dance World's First Hardcover Edition brings it into print for the very first time.
Key Details About Our World's First Edition:
• heavily illustrated with interior artwork that did not appear in the Scribner edition
• the only trade hardcover edition to be protected by a full-color dust jacket
• shrinkwrapped to protect your book if you're keeping it as a collector's item
• includes the Limited Edition William "Blockade Billy" Blakely baseball card
• beautifully designed with both the collector and general reader in mind
• published almost six weeks before any other print edition in the world
A Few Words from Stephen King on Blockade Billy:
Special Bonus From Cemetery Dance:
"...a deftly executed suicide squeeze, with sharp spikes hoisted high and aimed at the jugular on the slide home."
"The story of Blockade Billy, whose brief career in the big leagues was banished from the record books, is part realistic fiction and part fable, evoking Mark Harris' baseball novels, the work of W.P. Kinsella, and George Plimpton's The Curious Case of Sid Finch... King nails the baseball argot perfectly, and he sprinkles in enough references to real-life 1950s players to have baby-boomer fans reaching for their old ball cards... For fans of fifties baseball and of baseball fiction and film, this deft pastiche makes a great way to celebrate a new seasons."
"Blockade Billy works as well as it does for a couple of reasons. The first is the narrative voice that King has conjured up for Granny Grantham. Funny, sharply observant and casually profane, it is the voice of a quintessential baseball insider who happens to be a natural raconteur. Equally important is the lovingly detailed evocation of the game as it was played in 1957…King's descriptions of these tough, hard-bitten men and the hardscrabble contests they engaged in add both a dash of nostalgia and a touch of gritty reality to this dark, absorbing portrait of a vanished era."
"Short and sweet best describes this novella that shines for many reasons: King's love for baseball, his irresistible storytelling style and the way he effortlessly pitches this story to us in the smoothest baseball lingo."
"In his latest, Stephen King spins a quick yarn about a catcher who, despite being one of the best ballplayers of all time, has mysteriously vanished from the record books. The writing is all voice, and King, a Red Sox fanatic, does the old-timey baseball argot to perfection."
About the Author:
About the Artists:
Alex McVey is an award-winning, Chesley-nominated illustrator whose work has been published internationally, ranging from album art to graphic design to book illustration. He has illustrated the works of Stephen King, Joe R. Lansdale, Gahan Wilson, Brian Keene, Ramsey Campbell, and Richard Matheson, among others. His clients include ad firms, gaming companies, film studios, bands, and book and magazine publishers.
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